After Eden’s wonderfully written “First Things First” post, I feel like I need to address one issue: Self-Confidence.

Number one in Eden’s “field guide to inner beauty” was, “Love others as you would love yourself.” Great guideline, but you can only apply this if you really do love yourself. How can you love others if you don’t? When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror at yourself, do you see a beautiful girl, or one who needs to put on her make-up to be beautiful? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think make-up is bad at all. I think it’s great to want to look your best. But are you confident in yourself, how God made naturally made you, and how you look without make-up first?

I totally understand why we young women are so insecure in who we are. Lately, there’s been a lot of controversy over a Ralph Lauren model who was photoshopped. The model was a size 4, and they photoshopped her picture and fired her for being too fat. Come again, a size 4??? Ladies, that is not fat. And it’s not healthy for a size 4 woman to be considered “fat”. Here’s a comparison. Please excuse the skimpy outfit on the real photo:

It’s not rocket science why girls are so insecure with their body types. Or their faces for that matter. Watch this crazy photoshopping done to a woman from the neck up in this video:

As I watched that ad, I realized not even models are flawless. Their photos are fake and fixed. The girl behind all that looks normal. She looks like you and I. If we can be confident in how we look and who we are, and not try to change ourselves, we can be truly beautiful, from the inside flowing out. This goes for your personality too, why try to be somebody else who you're not? God made you beautiful, now it’s time for you to accept it. Smile with confidence! =)


  1. wow u guys r great writers!! I LOVE 2 read this blog!! -Rachael B.

  2. Thanks, Rachael! How sweet of you to stop by! Hope your day is filled with smiles! =)

  3. What a beautiful blog! :) I take it you 3 are all fellow E.T.'s? :) www.empoweredtraditionalist.com

  4. Thanks so much...the video was awesome...wow.

  5. Oh, yeah, Beth Ann! Definitely! It's kinda creepishly cool that our latest blog entries are almost the same, too. :)

    Siriana, I'm glad you liked it! It's crazy what they do to make an average person look perfect, isn't it?

  6. I LOVE that video. Last weekend I was getting ready for a wedding and I couldn't figure out why my hair wasn't turning out like the model in the photo I was using--then I realized I wasn't using photo shop to edit myself :) Great post!

  7. lovely post.
    probably the best one i have read all day!
    thankyou for posting and your so right!
    come and check out my blog sometime

  8. you have no idea what an impact this post had on my life. thanks!!!

  9. Becca and Elin, I'm glad you enjoyed my post! I'm glad I could make such an impact! :)

  10. I know its kinda random that a guy would post a comment, but i just wanted to let your ladies know, That i think what you are doing is beautiful! Beauty does come form the inside and you ladies just proved it with your words. Keep up the good work!

  11. I have just joined to follow and I look forward to getting to know you.
    Blessings, andrea

  12. That was WONDERFUL Sarah! Thank you SO MUCH for putting this on here!! Once again darling, you amaze me! (It's a good thing~ don't worry!)



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